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NothingRight Donating Member (100 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 04:48 PM
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18. Sounds like European model, go figure
Brilliant article and brilliant work by the people who truly realize how health care should be delivered. Should it be a shock to us that the same morons who believe top down is the way to fix the economy believe top down is the way to handle health care?

As someone who has spent over 17 years working in healthcare, specifically senior healthcare, I see on a daily basis how the unaffordable routine care creates a burden of larger costs in hospitals.

The insurance companies themselves promote this concept. If you go have an MRI done at an outpatient radiology clinic, you are likely to pay more out of pocket than you will for an ER visit, during which they will run all sorts of tests, at a substantially higher cost.

You then take these at risk patients and charge them higher premiums than they can afford reasonably and guess what? More cutbacks on primary care or preventative care. Now they want to offer what amounts to crisis medical insurance. This coverage won't cover routine medical items, but when you do finally crash, it will cover some of what you will incur at the hospitals to be "treated and streeted" until your next crash.

Care coordinators, doctors who will actually make sure the gang of specialists people are sent to these days work in harmony with one another toward a successful outcome would be such a huge improvement over the current system of each doctor working as an independent contractor.

The author is right, hospitals may indeed close if we actually fix the system, but more primary care clinics will be needed. Clinics that will be consistently busy with people who are there to do what seems to have been lost in our current system........stay healthy.
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